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‘The Bold Type’s Aisha Dee Calls For More Diversity, Scrutinizes Ava Storyline Ahead of Season 4 Finale

THE BOLD TYPE - "The Truth Will Set You Free" - Jane isn't comfortable in her post-surgery body, but a visit from her dad may change her outlook. Sutton and Richard make plans for the future. Kat tries to move forward at work with a podcast, but her first episode comes with a price. This episode of "The Bold Type" airs Thursday, July 2, at 10:00p.m. ET/PT on Freeform. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk) AISHA DEE

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Ahead of tonight’s season finale of The Bold Type, Aisha Dee is calling out the series for lack of diversity. Additionally, she’s coming after an on-screen relationship that many fans are probably hoping to forget all about. 

Dee not only stood up for her character, Kat Edison, whose character development and storylines suffered in the latter half of the season, but for all the girls and women who look like her. 

In an open letter posted to Instagram, Dee said she was inspired by her own courageous, unapologetic, and outspoken character. 

“What would Kat do? She would take a stand and advocate for herself and all other marginalized voices to influence change,” Dee wrote. “I am ready to push harder and speak louder for what matters to me: The diversity we see in front of the camera needs to be reflected in the diversity of the creative team behind the camera.”

The actress said that during the show’s four-season run, the series had one Black woman that directed, adding,  it took “three seasons to get someone in the hair department who knew how to work with textured hair.” She added that it took “two seasons to get a BIPOC” in the writers’ room. And throughout the Kat and Adena torrid love story, no one in the writer’s room was a queer Black or Muslim woman.

Dee also expressed her frustrations with the “confusing” and “out of character” storyline of the season that found Kat falling for Ava, a conservative whose father supported gay conversion therapy. 

Fans have been vocal about how much they dislike the storyline and even protested it on social media, and Dee didn’t hold back when she explained she felt exactly the same way. 

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“It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities,” she wrote. 

She summed it up by saying that her words were coming from a place of love and care: “The Bold Type has done so much good, but it struggles to understand the intersections many of its characters live in,” she wrote. “For a show that frequently uses words like intersectionality, inclusion, discourse, and the various isms, I wonder how its stories may have been elevated had they been told through the lens of people with more varied lived experience.”

“By speaking out, I’m taking a risk,” she concluded. “It’s scary, but it’s worth it. This is not judgment. This is a call to action. We deserve to see stories that are for us, by us.”

Sounds like something our girl Kat would say! 

We’ve seen Kat’s fearlessness pay off on screen, and it’s heartwarming to know that it carries over into reality. Shortly after Dee posted her letter — and got the support of her two on-screen and real-life besties Katie Stevens (Jane) and Meghann Fahy (Sutton) — Freeform and Universal TV responded in a joint statement acknowledging the issues she raised. 

“We applaud Aisha for raising her hand and starting conversations around these important issues. We look forward to continuing that dialogue and enacting positive change,” the statement said. “Our goal on The Bold Type is and has always been to tell entertaining, authentic stories that are representative of the world that Kat, Jane and Sutton live in — we can only do that if we listen,” it added. 

Let’s hope that come season 5, the series will nix that terrible love story and give Kat a worthy romance that embraces her as queer Black woman. 


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WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer

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There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer! 

Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?

It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does. 

Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)

As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.

With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?

5 Biggest Moments from ‘Virgin River’ Season 2

Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine. 

Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids! 

 
Check out the trailer below:
 


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Check Out the ‘Christmas in July’ Lineup on Hallmark

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Check Out the 'Christmas in July' Lineup on Hallmark

No one does Christmas better than Hallmark… even in July.

The network is here to give you a little dose of holiday cheer during the summer months with its annual Christmas in July lineup.

The jolly fun kicks off on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries from June 25 all the way through July 8. 

If that’s not enough, you can indulge in more of your holiday favorites on the Hallmark Channel from July 8 to July 31. 

There’s even a brand-new Christmas movie premiering on July 9 titled Crashing Through the Snow starring Amy Acker and Kristian Bruun star as Maggie and Jeff, who are ex-spouses but friends first.

So, decorate those palm trees, grab a nice cold drink, and check out the Christmas in July lineup below:

2020 Movie Marathon (July 10-11)

Hallmark will air popular Christmas movies from last year, including the premiere of “Crashing Through the Snow” on July 10 at 9 p.m.

Soap Sunday (July 18)

Hallmark will air holiday films featuring fan-favorite soap stars throughout the day and into the night, including Cameron Mathison, Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.

Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (July 24-25)

Hallmark will air some of its greatest Christmas films of the past. “Crown for Christmas,” starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones, will air on July 24 at 7 p.m.; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler and Warren Christie, will air on July 24 at 9 p.m.; “Christmas Under Wraps,” starring Candace Cameron Bure and David O’Donnell, will air on July 25 at 7 p.m.; and “The Nine Lives of Christmas” with Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad will air on July 25 at 10 p.m.

Blake Shelton Night (June 28)

  • Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m. ET
  • Time for You to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET 
  • Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET

Holiday Jam Session (July 2)

Hallmark will air a series of films that have key musical moments: “Our Christmas Love Song,” starring Alicia Witt and Brendan Hines, will air at 6 p.m.; “The Christmas Bow,” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady, will air at 8 p.m.; and “Christmas at Graceland,” with Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown, will air at 10 p.m.

Salute to Christmas (July 3)

A trio of projects celebrating those who serve the U.S. will air, featuring “The Christmas Doctor” (starring Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes) at 6 p.m.; “USS Christmas” (starring Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan) at 8 p.m.; and “Deliver by Christmas” (starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey) at 10 p.m.

Family on the 4th! (July 4)

To celebrate family, Hallmark will air “A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas,” starring Rachael Lee Cook and Benjamin Ayres, at 6 p.m.; “Holly & Ivy,” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols, at 8 p.m.; and “The Christmas Ring,” starring Nazneen Contractor and  David Alpay, at 10 p.m.


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WATCH: ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Trailer Gives First Look Into the Scandalous Lives of Manhattan’s Elite

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Hey Upper East Siders,

The long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot has finally dropped its first trailer.

Nine years after its original run in 2007-2012, Gossip Girl is back and ready to ruin the lives of the next generation of New York’s elite.

This time, she’s upgraded technology and can wreak havoc beyond her blog and outdated flip phone’s contact list.

Through the use of an anonymous Instagram account, she threatens to unveil a huge secret among the ruling rich kids at the private school Constance Billard.

With a cast full of up-and-comers including Jordan Alexander’s portrayal of the queen bee, Julian Calloway, and Whitney Peak as the new girl, Zoya Lott, the show seems to do a great job of diversifying its characters.

There are a few familiar faces including Elizabeth Lail (You) and Laura Benanti (Younger), and the recognizable voice-over of Kristen Bell as the ominous Gossip Girl.

In this short two-minute trailer, it’s clear that the show will be full of drama, and according to the official logline, “The prestige series will address just how much social media–and the landscape of New York City itself– has changed in the intervening years.”

Don’t forget to tune in, as the series will officially stream episodes on HBO Max weekly starting July 8.

XOXO,

Gossip Girl


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